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Blog #155 Camera Pairing

Blog #155 Camera Pairing

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A camera is first of all a light proof box. This light proof box has evolved over the years and mostly has become smaller over time. There are a plethora of brands, bodies, and lens combinations that come in all shapes and sizes.

A camera is simply a tool. Photographers have a special affection for their tools like a carpenter loves his favourite hammer. Indeed, there are many beautiful cameras available to us these days. Most of all, however, the tool must fit you. There are ergonomic considerations. The size and weight and position of the controls need to work for you.

Try different cameras such as SLRs, DSLR, Rangefinders, TLRs, Mirrorless to find which works for you. Buying a new camera or lens will not make you a better artist or photographer. However, it might provide the impetus to get out and start a new project. The cure for photographers’ “writer’s block”, perhaps?

There are three camera types that I find myself using almost all of the time.

1. Leica Rangefinders are generally well sized and easy to use. I particularly appreciate that I can see out of both eyes before making a photo.

2. Nikon SLR “F” series cameras feel right and work well and are reliable.

3. For digital, the Fujifilm X-Series are amazing evolutions of the Nikon F series …not really…but I think of them in that way. The controls are all on the top plate right where you need them.

Whatever you weapon of choice. Try a few until you get in that goldilocks zone. You will make your best work when the camera functions as an extension of yourself and gets out of the way and disappears.

The light is always right.


*Images: © Limelight Limited

Where: Olympic, Hong Kong

Subject: Street Photography March 2019

Gear: Nikon FM3a + Nikkor 28mm f/2 + Kodak Ektar 100 ISO 35mm color film

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